Patient Info

August 30, 2016


Photo of the front desk of the Hughston Surgical center on the second floor.

Hughston Surgical Center

Your physician has scheduled you for outpatient surgery at the Hughston Surgical Center. The information below is designed to acquaint you with the Hughston Surgical Center and to help prepare you for surgery. At Hughston Surgical Center your comfort and safety are always our top priorities. As specialists, we provide compassionate, effective, innovative patient care that you won’t find anywhere else. We promise to make your stay as informative and comfortable as possible, because we consider it a privilege to serve you.

Patient’s Rights

Before your surgery, you will be given a copy of your Patient Rights and Responsibilities; Advance Directive information, Notice of Privacy Practices, and notification that the Hughston Surgical Center is physician owned.


Fees, Insurance, and Billing

The Hughston Surgical Center business office will contact you to discuss any financial arrangements before your surgery. We should be able to estimate the cost of your surgery. Day of service charges are estimated based on the surgery scheduled, but the final charges are based on the actual procedures and any implants used during surgery. Our fee is for the facility which includes the operating room, recovery room and certain anesthesia and surgical supplies. The surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist and radiologist (if applicable) will bill you separately for their services. Patients with insurance are asked to pay their copayment, coinsurance, and any deductible as a deposit on the day of the surgery. Your insurance will be billed as a courtesy; however, the balance remains the patient’s responsibility. Uninsured patients will be required to pay on or before the day of surgery. If you have questions regarding fees or insurance, please feel free to call us. Hughston Surgical Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal checks, cashier’s checks, and cash.


Before Your Surgery

A preadmissions nurse will speak with you before your procedure to complete a health questionnaire and review preoperative instructions, and answer any questions you have concerning our facility or your procedure. Our nurse will contact you 24 to 72 hours before your procedure. If you will not be at the number you provided, you must call us to provide information at least 24 to 72 hours in advance. The Hughston Surgical Center’s main phone number is (706) 494-3434.

You may need preoperative testing before your surgery. Testing, such as laboratory work (blood and urine), MRI, or x-rays provide information about conditions that can affect the treatment you need. Some of the tests are scheduled based on your age, your general health, any illnesses you have or medications you take, and the type of surgery you are going to have.

Please be sure to talk to your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, especially for heart, diabetes, or blood pressure problems. It is important to mention any over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, Aleve, any herbal supplements, or blood thinning medication. Your doctor will give you instructions about taking any medication before surgery.

Your physician’s staff will schedule your surgery at the Hughston Surgical Center. You will receive another phone call from Hughston Surgical Center’s business office to finalize the financial arrangements for your portion of care at Hughston Surgical Center.

If for any reason you cannot keep your scheduled appointment for surgery please notify our office immediately. If you suspect that you are pregnant, or if you experience any change in your health, such as a cough, fever, cold, or an infection, please notify your physician.


The Night Before Surgery

■ For your safety, please do not eat any food for 8 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.

■ You may drink only water (12 oz), Gatorade or Gatorade 2 (12 oz) for diabetics, up until 2 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.

■ No gum, mints or candy the morning of surgery.

■ Your doctor will tell you what prescription medications to take. Only take the medications you have been instructed to take.

■ Please do not smoke, chew, dip tobacco or consume alcohol 12 hours prior to surgery.


The Day of Surgery Checklist:

■ The morning of surgery, report to the HSC (Hughston Surgical Center) at your assigned time.

■ If you have a change in your physical status such as a cold, fever, etc. please notify your surgeon’s office at 706-324-6661 or 800-331-2910 or call HSC at 706-494-3434.

■ All patients must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you receive anesthesia, you CAN NOT drive yourself home. Bring an adult to drive you home and be with you 24 hours after surgery.

■ Bring a list of your medications and dosages you take. If you use an inhaler, please bring your inhaler with you.

■ If you use a CPAP machine, bring it with you.

■ Bring your insurance card and your picture ID.

■ Bring a copy of your Advance Directive if you have one.

■ Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Allow for bandages, casts or an orthopedic boot. Wear a button up shirt if you’re having shoulder surgery.

■ Bathe or shower using antibacterial soap before your surgery but do not use lotions, powders, makeup, nail polish, hair spray, false eyelashes or perfumes.

■ Leave your valuables such as jewelry, body piercings and watches at home.

■ Take only the medications you have been instructed to take. If you are prescribed a beta-blocker medication, please take it with a small sip of water.

■ Any removable items, such as contact lenses, dentures or partials must be removed prior to surgery.

■ Report any allergies to the nurse at Hughston Surgical Center (HSC).


While You are Here

After you have checked in at the reception desk, one of our nurses will take you to the admitting area. Your nurse will escort you to a dressing room where you will put on a special gown, cap, and slippers. If you have brought any valuables with you, please leave those with a friend or family member.

Anesthesia services are provided by anesthetists who are qualified in all aspects of your anesthesia care and under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. Your anesthetist will examine you before surgery and answer any questions you have. Be sure to talk to your anesthetist or anesthesiologist about any medications you take, including any over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. The appropriate type of anesthesia is determined by your surgeon in consultation with the anesthetist.


Area in the Surgical Center where patients recover.

Where will I go after surgery?

After surgery, you are transferred to the recovery room where nurses monitor your blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, and temperature. Often, medications for pain or nausea are administered. You will remain in recovery from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Your family member or a friend can join you. If you have no nausea, you will be given something to drink and offered a light snack.


How will I feel?

Most patients feel a bit groggy, light-headed, sore, and may be nauseated after surgery. How you feel depends on the complexity of your procedure, how long you were in the operating room, your pain threshold, and what type of anesthesia you were given. Each person responds differently to surgery and the effect of anesthesia. It is important to communicate with your nurse if you need pain medication or have special concerns.


How soon can I go home?

If your vital signs are stable, you feel comfortable and alert, and your nurse determines that your condition meets all discharge criteria, your doctor can release you to return home. You can then change back into your personal clothes. Before being escorted to your car, we will review your homecare instructions with you and give you a copy for easy reference. Please follow these instructions carefully. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have any questions. Nausea can be experienced as a side-effect of anesthesia, so you may begin to feel sick to your stomach during the drive home. If you begin to feel sick, stopping the car and rolling down your window for a breath of fresh air can help.


What should I do when I get home?

Patients often feel tired and sleepy most of the day after surgery. You should rest when you get home and begin your regular diet and resume normal activity when you and your doctor determine you are ready. A few days after surgery, a nurse from the center will call to find out how you are doing.


What should I do if I have a problem?

If you feel your condition is an emergency, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Call your physician at (706) 324-6661 or 1-800-331-2910 if you notice excessive drainage from the incision, increased redness, swelling, severe pain, or you have a fever over 101º for more than 24 hours.